I love Cicero’s famous quote, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

A garden as a space of simplicity, true beauty and fruitfulness is for me directly connected to literature such as stories, poetry or guidebooks. It is connected to the habit of reading a real book, turning the pages, mark some lines, fold the corners to remember the pages. Gardening and reading a book are simple acts of pleasure, they are teachers and they help us to focus on one thing at a time. To do so can make you feel more grounded in a world which is more and more developed and getting us used to let machines into a lot of corners of our lives.
Since the beginning, I have dreamed of setting up a little Garden Library in our school garden, which would allow us to share, exchange and explore new books. I had done it before in another project of mine, which became very successful at the time. I have also seen these kind of community libraries in a lot of cities. It is such a pleasure to let books wander, here are a few examples of what this could look like:

While we have managed to build a stage, a weather station, a greenhouse … just to name a few… I could not develop the idea of the library further.

But here is the good news: I chose a good many books related to gardens, gardening, crafting with natural materials, guidebooks and many more. Most of them are in English, a few in German. For now, Ms. Carol, our School Liberian, was so kind to find the right spot for them in the School Library. I want to encourage you and your children to read and enjoy them. A list of the books with a short explanation you can find here.

And the real Garden Library will go into the catalogue of possible CAS projects in the school garden. I am hoping for a group of students who would be keen to take over this cute idea and make it real. I have seen other ideas become true in the garden. I am very positive about this one.

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